Prince Harry is speaking out in defense of his recent private jet ride to Elton John’s French home. He was joined by his wife, Duchess Meghan and their son Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The British royal addressed the widely controversial matter as he launched a sustainable travel initiative called ‘Travalyst’ last Tuesday. The global partnership rounds up a pool of the largest companies in the Travel industry in an effort to promote sustainable tourism. Members of the initiative include Booking.com, Skyscanner, Trip Advisor, VISA and Ctrip.
Announcement for the project was first made via an Instagram post on the royal couple’s official account. See the post below:
In a press conference for the initiative, the Duke of Sussex took the opportunity to address the backlash he and his family received on Tuesday.
“I spend 99 percent of my life traveling the world by commercial and occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on a unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe,” Prince Harry explained. “It’s generally as simple as that. But as I said in my speech, for me, what it is is about balance.”
The royal added that he had and always will balance out his carbon footprint by offsetting CO2 emissions.
Travalyst was launched Amsterdam, the Netherlands following the incessant accusations of hypocrisy the Duke and Duchess received. Multiple personalities came forward to defend the royal couple amid the criticism they received. These include legendary performer Elton John, comedian, and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and singer-songwriter Pink.